A few interesting points here. Xenons are absolutely great for drivers, but even BETTER for oncoming traffic. Here's why...
The OEM xenon glare closely mimics the actual sunlight for a driver, while at the same time providing LESS glare to oncoming traffic. If you guys notice, a halogen headlight blinds you much more than an OEM xenon, especially after passing. The halogen leaves the "sun spots" in your retina.
Now, when people retrofit xenons into halogen capsules, that's where the trouble is. The improperly focused beam scatters the light all over the place, and that's what gives that annoying glare. It's the owners and their aftermarket kits, not the OEM xenons in any way.
Now, I'm not talking for or against HID's. I actually love them and HAVE retrofitted them to our Caddy as well. Yes, I popped them in a halogen capsule and acknowledge blinding other drivers, but I frankly don't care. I even had a wiring harness made for it so the HID's stay on when I hit the highbeams too...
Ain't it great...just don't drive in front of me
On the other hand, halogens can be just as bright too. On my 84 Buick (childhood sentimental purchase), I popped on a set of super duper bright lights, which are as blinding as the Caddy's lights...
So, there you go. Color means nothing...it's all about the beam
Cry me a fucking river. The shit is safer for the driver. I say give the people who are bitching a car with HIDs, then go from there. Talk about day and night. I can see everything! The thing is, mine are 4300k while everyone is bitching about 6000k. I love mine though.
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